April 9, 2012

Fullerton filling in nicely

Like most college students, Tyler Fullerton planned to spend his spring break visiting with family and friends.

The Mississippi State freshman was designated as a redshirt at the beginning of the season but with three injuries in the Bulldogs outfield, was called into service just hours after arriving back home in Murfresboro, Tenn., during spring vacation.

"I wasn't expecting it," Fullerton said. "I missed Coach's call and I woke up when Jonathan Holder called me. He asked if I was on my way back and thought he was joking around. I saw where Coach (John) Cohen had called me and called him back and he told me (Taylor) Stark had gotten hurt and he asked me if I'd come back and play."

Outfielders Brent Brownlee, C.T. Bradford and Taylor Stark were all injured within a week of one another which prompted the call to Fullerton, who had arrived home late Friday night and was back on the road Sunday to return to Starkville.

"My parents weren't even at home (when I got the call), they were at my sister's soccer game," Fullerton said. "I called them and they were actually in the neighborhood on the way back. I told them what happened when they got back and my mom said 'So I guess you're not staying the whole week?'. They were shocked and surprised and were happy for me. They believe in me and are behind me 100-percent. They knew I could do it but were definitely shocked."

Fullerton arrived back at MSU in time to make the Bulldogs first road trip of the season. He started both games against Southeastern Louisiana where he went 5-for-9. In only his second career game, Fullerton went 4-for-4 with two doubles against the Lions.



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